I have two ties in the closet from Express from 5-10 years ago, and the quality isn't SF approved but it was reasonable for a mall brand. Their ties were once made in the USA out of decent silk. I would say those older ties I own are on par with some of average ties you find in a Nordstrom type store today. I also have a few pairs of odd pants from there and BR (which actually are about 10 years old), that are much higher quality than anything either store makes today.
I bought a cotton suit from Express last fall for under $100 in a pinch for a summer outdoor wedding. It isn't bad but it is pretty hard to muss up a cotton suit, and to be frank if someone spilled a glass of red wine on it, I would not have cared in the least. It served it purpose and it will do that again if I need to wear it to another summer this year where I feel the risk will be high for drinks to be flying or bottles to be popping. I also have a grey suit from Express that bought in 2007 for the same purpose, to be used as a beater suit for weddings and college formals where rowdy behavior is the norm. That is a wool and synthetic blend, it is total crap. After about three dry cleanings the back developed a funky roll and I can safely say it was a waste of money, even at $150.00.